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THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
Passing on the Wisdom

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: Passing on the Wisdom

 

In 1961, Cecilia Chiang, introduced America to authentic Szechuan, Hunan and Beijing cuisine, when she opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in San Francisco. She introduced and revolutionized Chinese cooking in America. In this series, top chefs of the San Francisco Bay Area invite Cecilia into their kitchens to recreate some of her classic dishes.

 

Passing on the Wisdom
Well into her 90’s, Cecilia is still mentoring a new generation of San Francisco’s chefs. Belinda Leong, chef and co-owner of b.patisserie is like a daughter to Cecilia and together they recreate a Mandarin classic dessert, glacéed bananas.

 

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG
The Long Walk

THE KITCHEN WISDOM OF CECILIA CHIANG: The Long Walk

 

In 1937, the Japanese invaded China and by 1939 they arrived in Beijing, seizing most of the large family compound and with it, Cecilia’s idyllic and privileged youth. By 1941 there wasn’t enough food for the family so Cecilia and her number five sister (she had nine in total), fled on foot through Japanese occupied territory. They walked more than 1,000 miles and it took almost six months to reach the safety of “Free China.” In this episode, Cecilia joins Laurence Jossel, chef and owner of Nopa. Like Cecilia, South African-born Jossel came a long way to open a restaurant in San Francisco. Cecilia shows Laurence how to make “beggar’s chicken,” a whole, stuffed chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and then clay, and baked for at least two hours. It comes out of the oven with a hard shell that must be smashed with a mallet to open.